You’ve written a song or two and perfected your favorite pop tune in front of a mirror, but you have a crippling fear of performing on a real stage. To get up in front of an audience would be like jumping out of an airplane for the first time. Be encouraged—there is a safe place to land. It’s called an open mic. Even if your voice cracks, your guitar is out of tune or you forget the lyrics, you will still get “rock star” applause.
Fear is a common experience all musicians share, and a good place to get your footing is at one of the many open mics around town. From seasoned artists trying out new material to beginners just starting out, all levels of performers are invited to join in.
Open mics also make a great evening of free entertainment, whether you are coming to support a musician or just dining with friends. They are musical buffets, serving up anything from rap to rock.
Sovereign Estate Winery in Waconia launched its own open mic nights held from 7–9 p.m. every third Thursday through the summer. Arrive early to sign up for a 15-minute timeslot, or call ahead. The sound system is provided and run by the host.